Islington’s Buffalo Bar to close
Pure Rawk is very sad to report the closure of another much-loved small London venue, Islington’s Buffalo Bar. A classic sweaty basement under The Famous Cock pub next to Highbury tube, the Buffalo Bar has played host to thousands of bands over its 14 year history, and quickly became a real fixture of the glam, punk and indie unsigned circuit.
The statement from the management reads as follows:
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the imminent closure of the Buffalo Bar. We have been served a very short notice period from our new landlords, after being here for over 14 years. They remain undecided what to do with our space. It will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Make of that what you will.
So, after all this time, we will be hosting our final event on New Year’s Eve, 2014. This night will serve as a fundraiser for our full time staff, who find themselves without a job just before Christmas. Get your tickets for NYE (The Buffalo Bar’s Last Stance) here – https://www.wegottickets.com/event/298328. For anyone wants to come down and say goodbye, now is the time.
In the meantime, we are putting together a few memorable shows, with some of our favourite bands from down the years, starting with Subways on 3rd December. Further events will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook pages. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with us; All the promoters, the DJs, the many thousands of bands and, of course, all the staff who’ve pitched in over the years.”
It is believed that The Famous Cock pub above, from whom the Buffalo bar rent the basement premises, has been bought by a chain pub who want the space back. As the statement points out, no-one knows what their plan for the basement is, and we for one really hope they do something great with it, not just revert it back to storage. Things are moving fast, and the Buffalo will be no more as of January 1st.
We here at Pure Rawk bid a sad farewell to another great toilet venue, where over the years we’ve seen countless unsigned bands and made fools of ourselves at club nights from the likes of Guided Missile, Glamourama, our good friends at Some Weird Sin and more. For one last hurrah, why not try their closing night New Year’s Eve party, tickets here, it’s guaranteed to be a sweaty one.